Renal Cancer pp 387-399 | Cite as

Role of Radiation Therapy in Renal Cancer

  • Andrea McKeeEmail author
  • Arul Mahadevan
  • Timothy Walsh


Renal cell cancer is an increasingly common tumor involving mostly adults. Surgical excision is the treatment of choice, and recently surgical innovation has resulted in excellent outcomes for nephron-sparing surgery. Energy-based ablative procedures are being increasingly explored as an alternative to surgery to minimize morbidity. Radiation therapy has had relatively little role in the management of patients with renal cell cancer until recently. Advances in the imaging, treatment planning, and treatment delivery have made radiation treatments safer now than ever before allowing for high-dose ablative radiation treatment. In advanced renal cell cancer, radiation therapy is playing a more prominent role in the management of extensive disease, in patients with poor overall condition, adjuvant to surgical or other ablative procedures, and in patients with metastatic disease.


Kidney cancer Radiation therapy Stereotactic radiosurgery Stereotactic body radiation therapy Oligometastatic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologySophia Gordon Cancer Center, Lahey Clinic Medical CenterBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Radiation OncologyTufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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